Man City skipper Kompany up for showdown with Man Utd ace Rooney
Rooney has plundered 33 goals this season, including 16 in his last 14 games, and Kompany admits the England striker will be a handful.
"It's great to play against him," said Kompany.
"I like it and hopefully we will be playing against each other for a long time because it's always a great battle.
"He's one of the best strikers in the world, no doubt about that, and usually it's a very strong game, and we have played each other so many times.
"I enjoy that in a game. It's not just about the two of us, but it's nice to play against those top players.
"He has all the qualities of the top strikers. He is quick, powerful and a goalscorer. He's a leader for his team, which makes him a special player.
"That makes it so much more enjoyable for me. I don't think things should come easy - if it's difficult, that makes winning even better."